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shilowa's dream realised

By unknown | Jan 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

After months of wrangling, Nhlamulo Shilowa will finally fulfil his dream of furthering his education.

Nhlamulo, 20, is the estranged son of Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa from his previous customary marriage to Caroline Rikhotso of Giyani in Limpopo.

The young Shilowa will start his first year of tertiary education "soon" at a college in Johannesburg.

"I am not sure when I am going to start but I am going to study Human Resource Management at Boston College," he said.

He said he was confident that his father would see to it that his fees were paid.

The high-flying politician was forced by the Johannesburg family court in November to provide for his son after he sued him for maintenance.

The court ordered Shilowa to pay an undisclosed amount for Nhlamulo's education and living expenses.

Shilowa first denied paternity and asked for DNA tests - and the results proved he was the father.

Though the court settled on an amount that's less than the R5000-a-month maintenance Nhlamulo had demanded, he said he was happy with it.

"I am satisfied. I can survive on the amount," he said.

He said the court action against his father was "never about his money. It was about him taking responsibility for me".

The Shilowa family spokesman, Phineas Shilowa, said: "The premier is bound by the court's orders and will comply with them."

Nhlamulo said except that people now recognise him as the premier's son, little had changed in his life.

"I am tired of the attention I've been getting. I now wish people would just drop this issue."


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